Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow holds rally in North...
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Mar 17, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow holds rally in North York

North York Mirror

An estimated 750 people came out for a rally for mayoral candidate Olivia Chow at North York’s Westin Prince Hotel Sunday, March 16.

The event at the hotel at 900 York Mills Rd. at Don Mills Road came just days after Chow launched her candidacy in downtown St. James Town, where she grew up.

Chow said it’s time for new leadership at city hall.

“The leadership we’ve had for the last four years has been a total disappointment. Unemployment is up. Costs are up. And the services our families rely on are down,” she said.

“We’re paying higher recreation fees. We pay more for transit and yet it’s harder to get on the bus and we’re packed like sardines on the ones we do get on. It’s time for a change.”

Chow, who resigned her seat as MP for Trinity-Spadina last week to pave the way for her mayoral campaign, said she wants to work with people from across the political spectrum and made a dig at Mayor Rob Ford’s divisive reputation.

“Working together, all of us, to get things done. That’s the way it will be, after we replace Rob Ford. After we replace all the nonsense that comes with Rob Ford. And get this city moving again,” she said. If elected Oct. 27, Chow said she would focus on the needs of children and families and small business owners.

She would also make transit a priority, particularly scrapping the approved Scarborough subway and replacing it with the originally planned and less expensive light rail line.

“Including respect for people in Scarborough, who are being sold a bill of goods. We can do better. We can put shovels in the ground now, to build better train service four years faster, with four more stops and a billion dollars less,” the former Toronto councillor said.

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By P | MARCH 23, 2014 09:56 AM
Making transit a priority? Yes, for everyone west of Victoria Park. She should ride the packed SRT for a week in rush hour on her way downtown and see whether she still thinks the subway extension is a waste. The bill of goods Chow is selling Scarborough is that replacing the poorly realized and overcrowded SRT with a similar service with similar capacity limitations is anything other than a money saver for the rest of the city. North York and Scarborough have roughly the same population. Ignoring Scarborough's upper north east, Scarborough's population density is the same as North York's. Scarborough has 3 subway stops. North York has 12 and counting. Only Bloor-Yonge, St. George and Finch have more riders than Kennedy station.
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